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The Doctor Patient Medical Association is a member the Patient Power Alliance & works to repeal health care reform and call themselves a nonpartisan association of doctors and patients dedicated to preserving free choice in medicine. The organization is a member of the National Tea Party Federation. They state up front that their goal is to repeal O-care. that's like quoting a poll of KKK members on what they think of desegregation. Not saying republicans are for the KKK but they are about as pro-Obama as the Klan was pro-black.
The DPMA's founder, Kathryn Serkes, is a veteran of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, a collection that opposes vaccinations & believes undocumented immigrants spread leprosy. The group is conservative: it describes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as Destruction Of Our Medicine, or DOOM.
But what about this improbable survey indicating that over 3/4 of doctors have considered hanging up the stethoscope? The first thing to point out is that the survey didn't actually ask about the Affordable Care Act. Here's the question and the results as given by DPMA:
How do current changes in the medical system affect your desire to practice medicine?
I'm re-energized 4.6%
Makes me think about quitting 82.6%
Unsure/no opinion 12.8%
They're assuming that respondents reading current changes in the medical system, thought O-care and nothing else? Doesn't seem likely. And when asked to give their opinion on these undefined changes, they were given three options: super-excited, ready to quit, and unsure. What if they were just slightly dissatisfied? Or cautiously optimistic? The survey left no room for anyone who didn't hold an extreme position.
All this leads up to 83% of respondents saying they are ready to quit their chosen profession even though they don't know what they're quitting over. That's a clue that we're not dealing with a reliable sample.
And how did we arrive at this unreliable sample? The survey was conducted by fax and online from 4/18 to 5/22. DPMAF obtained the fax numbers of 36,000 doctors, and 16,227 faxes were successfully delivered. Doctors were asked to return their completed surveys by fax, or online. The response rate was 4.3% only 699 completed surveys.
They had a tiny sample size culled from a fax that allowed respondents more than a month. It seems pretty clear that of the small percentage that did actually respond, the vast majority were sympathetic to the DPMA and had axes to grind.
Fox IS a news source, but a poor one, slanted far to the right. Not to say there aren't those slanted to the left, because trust me, there are. MSNBC makes me sick. But I watch them both. because if you watch both, you can find the middle ground. I seriously dislike O-care, but I have real reasons for it. At least it required insurance companies to stop discriminating and offer insurance to my wife (24) with a history of cancer.
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